At least, not until now.
After three (four?) seasons, I just couldn't engage. I saw the famous episode in which they attempted to forcibly shave the head of that AstroBoy-looking nimrod Marcel, but other than that, I just couldn't care. But I resolved to give it another chance this time around, and oh my god, can you believe that bitch thought her ostrich-egg quiche was gonna cut it? As Miley Cyrus might say, Whuuuut? Yeah, I'm hooked.
The other thing about not getting into a reality show is you don't really get any of the associated cultural (or should I say "cultural") commentary. It's like a big blank spot of jokes you don't get in the daily digital watercooler. But now I get it! So I was thrilled to find this, a new series on the Food Section, a lovely and very grown-up food blog: "Top Chef" Fact Check.
This week's topic is pretty gentle, taking issue with the term "New American." (Though they did sling the term "moleculista" at the alginate-using "spherical-olive" chef, a word I love and am stealing immediately.) But last week's quibble challenged the Stefan-Danny
"vinaigrette is/is not an emulsion" donnybrook. *
Definitive judgment: No less an authority than cooking chemistry godhead Harold McGee ruled, "A vinaigrette is a suspension of vinegar droplets in oil, so yes, it's an emulsion."
Oh, snap! Stefan, you got served, Euroboy. Welcome to America.
* Funny story about that scene: A certain eating-challenged OW staffer texted me repeatedly, "Vinaigrette is an emotion!" during the episode. Because I TiVo'd and watched days later, I had NO IDEA what he was talking about.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at email@example.com.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.